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MILFORD, PA — At most writers’ festivals, there is no interaction between the writer and the people who read their words—the reader. No dialogue, just lecture. The first Milford Readers and Writers Festival wants to do it differently, to break the mold of the literary festival. When Milford mayor and owner of the Hotel Fauchere, Sean Strub, got together with friends for dinner one evening, they fantasized about creating a literary festival in Milford. Less than six months later, a group of 10 to 15 volunteers set out to make that dream a reality.

“To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else…” So said Emily Dickinson, the eminent poet of microcosm and wonder.

I think of this as I sort through the laundry, sweep up...

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The past few weeks have been challenging, not only personally, but for many I have come into contact with as well. Even though I tend to think of myself as the guy who reports on the good times...

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In a week or two, huge numbers of broad-winged hawks will fill the skies in some areas like Hawk Mountain in PA or Sunrise Mountain in New Jersey. That will be near-peak migration time for them as...

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Well… I’m not at all sure that I “oughta be,” but as it happens, I am this week. Usually, I’m pretty busy on the other side of the camera, attempting to capture all that is happening throughout...

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Myths and misunderstandings abound in nature and can lead to undesirable outcomes. Such is the case when it comes to two plants that flower at this time of year. One of them provokes an allergic...

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Next time you’re in your favorite local grocery store, take a little stroll down the breakfast cereal aisle. Plant yourself in front of the Cheerios section, and start counting. How many different...

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A habitat snapshot; The 2013 Upper Delaware BioBlitz

HANCOCK, NY — From noon on June 28 to noon on June 29, the Upper Delaware BioBlitz was held on a 63.5 acre tract, the “Gales Property” just downstream of the Delaware River West Branch confluence in Wayne County, PA. This property is owned by the Norcross Wildlife Foundation, and executive director Karen Outlaw, explained that this was the first bioblitz ever held in Wayne County or anywhere else in the Upper Delaware Region.  Read more

Lake Huntington News July 3

On Sunday, the Cochecton Youth Group had its car wash and bake sale. The kids worked very hard washing cars and selling baked goods. It was a very profitable day, and we have to thank Gasko and Meyers for letting us use their driveway and water. We would not have been able to pull it off without the bakers who donated the yummy baked goods, and Ed Grund, who is the liaison to the youth group from the town board. He did all the schlepping and setting up for us and also made the big chunks of ice, so we had ice-cold water to drink.  Read more

Why do I do it?

Why do I do it? I asked myself this question many times during the last few months while rehearsing a new play for a decidedly short run in Milford, PA. The play, “Four Score and Seven,” was written by a theatre buddy of mine, John Klemeyer. We once played opposite each other as the murderous brother/sister, husband/wife team in Ira Levin’s thriller “Veronica’s Room” on another way-off-Broadway stage in the Catskills. So that was one reason in favor of the dozens of car trips between Narrowsburg, NY and Milford and New York City to rehearsals and finally, performances.  Read more

Lunch at the lake

It was an early June day, one of those perfect sunny days with temperatures in the high 70s; I decided I could no longer sit at the computer and work on whatever report I happened to be working on, so I took a break in the form of a late morning walk. I walked to a nearby lakeshore and thought in hindsight that I should have packed a lunch. When I arrived at the lake, I observed that I wasn’t the only hungry one there.  Read more

Our ‘Frenchman’s Pond’

Have you read any of the books written by John Voelker? This gentleman was once a Supreme Court Justice of the State of Michigan. If not his book, perhaps you are familiar with his short essay, “Testament of Fisherman.” In all of his writings, he used the pen name Robert Traver. He burst onto the national scene when in 1958 he wrote the novel “Anatomy of a Murder.” The book attracted the attention of Hollywood. It was made into a movie starring Jimmy Stewart and Lee Remick. The financial success of the book allowed Judge Voelker, late in life, to devote himself to writing and fly fishing.  Read more

The shoot

I’m in the middle of a field surrounded by a dozen or so drunk extras in Day of the Dead face paint. The sun is setting fast. I’ve stood by my choice to have a dolly shot to open the party scene of the music video I’m directing, and we are taking the time to get it. But it means we will get far fewer other shots. Now I’m second guessing myself.

The set is beautiful with a makeshift altar stretching 20 feet up in the air. The band will place a coffin at the foot of it and the lead singer will emerge at a strange party and perform the end of the song.  Read more

Handwriting at Bethel School

BEACH LAKE, PA — Bethel School’s summer open houses resume on Sunday, June 30 from 1 to 4 p.m., with a special presentation at 2 p.m. by the Master Penman, Thomas M. Wasylyk. Wasylyk is a nationally recognized authority on handwriting and the author of numerous books and articles about handwriting. He will demonstrate the art and technique of beautiful penmanship and explain its importance in learning.  Read more

Livingston Manor Artwalk/Chalkwalk

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — On July 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Livingston Manor’s ArtWalk/ChalkWalk will be back with over 25 artists, with works ranging from watercolor, acrylics and oils to mixed media and photography, and artisans with crafts on display.  Read more

‘Greatest show on dirt’

CALLICOON, NY — “The Little Farm Show” will be at Callicoon Farmers Market on June 30. Created by Tannis Kowalchuk, Brett Keyser, with original text and story by Jane Wells, “The Little Farm Show” celebrates sustainable small farming to delight the entire family.

Using shadow puppet dinosaurs, a clothesline, flamboyant hats, hip-hop beats, banners, songs and instruments including guitar, kazoo, accordion and spoons, Kowalchuk and Keyser present a brief history of the universe and farming, or “the greatest show on dirt.”

Comic Pinter play at Liberty Free Theatre

LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty Free Theatre, in collaboration with the Liberty Museum & Arts Center, will present a reading of Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter’s rarely performed comic play, “A Slight Ache,” kicking off a fundraising campaign to create a new state-of-the-art theatre. Featured performers are Paul Austin and Karen Young.  Read more

A musical and a live concert at the Hawley Silk Mill

HAWLEY, PA — On Saturday, June 29, Harmony Presents at the Hawley Silk Mill features folk, rock and pop award-winning songwriter Chris Ayer, followed on Sunday by a performance of “Violet,” a musical about a disfigured young women’s search for healing, performed by the youth of French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts.  Read more

‘Bug Music,’ a book reading and musical performance

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society will present a book reading and musical performance of selections from “Bug Music,” the new book and CD from musician and professor David Rothenberg. The event will take place at the CAS Arts Center on Saturday, June 29 from 4 to 6 p.m.

Rothenberg has spent the last few years studying and playing duets with cicadas, crickets and beetles. Now, in “Bug Music: How Insects Gave Us Rhythm and Noise,” he explores the rhythm and noise of insects and their influence on human music, rhythm and dance.  Read more

‘Jazz on the Deck’

HAWLEY, PA—“Jazz on the Deck,” an every Wednesday feature during July and August at The Settler’s Inn, kicks off the summer series on July 3 with the Gypsy Jazz Quintet. There is no cover charge. The music begins at 6 p.m.

The Settler’s Inn is located on Hawley’s Main Avenue, and thanks to a covered deck the performances can be held rain or shine. The “Jazz on the Deck” line-up also includes Robert Kopec Quartet on July 10 and Thos Shipley Trio on July 17 and many more.  Read more

Life celebration concert for Jack Hardy and Maris Hearn

CALLICOON, NY — The Friends of Maris Hearn present the seventh annual Maris Hearn Life Celebration Concert, a Jack Hardy Song Night, at The Delaware Youth Center, 8 p.m., on Saturday, June 29. Doors open at 5 p.m. An open mic hosted by Little Sparrow takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The concert begins at 8 p.m. featuring David Massengill, who once performed as The Folk Brothers with Jack Hardy, Honor Finnegan, Angela Elizabeth Holup and Stuart Kabak.  Read more

‘Vetstock’ to be a star-spangled event

MILFORD, PA — Vetstock, a two-day long celebration on the Fourth of July weekend that will help raise funds to build a home for a severely disabled American veteran, comes to Milford’s Malibu Dude Ranch on Friday, July 5, and Saturday, July 6. Additional events will be held at Milford’s American Legion Post 139.  Read more

Country music at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Karen Collins and The Backroads Band are coming to Honesdale on Friday, June 28 as part of the “Concerts in the Coop” series at The Cooperage.

Collins has one of those country voices that is often compared to that of Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette. Her band features guitarist Ira Gitlin. The show begins at 7:30 p.m., doors open at 6:45 p.m. Donations collected at the door. BYOB.  Read more

Painting exhibit at Domesticities benefits Doctors Without Borders

YOUNGSVILLE, NY — A new exhibit of paintings by Dr. Russell Asnes has arrived at Domesticities. The works range from domestic still life to portrait to political.  Read more

Delaware Valley Opera summer course and performances

LOCH SHELDRAKE AND NARROWSBURG, NY — The Delaware Valley Opera (DVO) and the New York Opera Studio will launch an intensive two-week summer course for singers and collaborative pianists to be held at SUNY Sullivan in Lock Sheldrake from July 7 through 22. The program, called Opera Advantage, will help singers explore the musical language, verbal language and body language of opera. For application information and cost of tuition, visit www.newyorkoperastudio.org.  Read more

Poets to read and perform in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — The Milanville Poets Unlimited will present a reading and performance on the theme of “The Wisdom of Mother Nature and the Follies of Mankind” on Sunday, June 30 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at The Sanctuary of Oils, 61 Commercial St. (The Holmes Building). The event will include a lively afternoon of poetry, conversation and accompaniment from world musical instruments such as a “singing bowl,” rain sticks, seed rattles, a conch shell, a ship’s bell, and a propane tank xylophone.

The Milanville Poets include Sheila Dugan, Mort Malkin and Tracey Ranze.  Read more

Out, loud and proud

Forty-four years ago this week, I woke up, went downstairs and overheard my parents discussing the news. My folks subscribed to two papers, The Sun Bulletin and The Evening Press, both published in my home town of Binghamton, NY. Keeping abreast of local and national news was important in our household. My sister and I were well read, and education was considered not only important, but also mandatory.  Read more